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About Me
Here For
Writing, Critiquing, Support, Networking

Dogs, art, knitting, gardens, food, beach walking, family, music, literature - in no particular order.

Favorite Music
Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leonard Cohen, Pergolesi, Queen, Willie Nelson - in other words, music with poetic content.

Favorite Movies
Brief Encounter, Casa Blanca

Favorite Books
I read a lot. Often with 3 books on the go at once - some of my faves: Sebastian Faulks, Maggie O'Farrell, Margaret Forster, Mavis Cheek, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Penelope Lively, Louise Penny, Frank MacDonald, Julia Glass, Owen Sheers, TS Eliot, Hugo Williams, Leonard Cohen, Kate Atkinson, Jane Urquhart, Michael Ondaatje, Louise Penny...

Favorite Quotations
'There is always time to do the things you want to do'

General About Me
The official version: S.B. Borgersen, founder of The Liverpool Literary Society, writes, makes music, and concocts recipes for doggy cookies on the shores of Nova Scotia, Canada. Her poetry, short fiction, and essays are published internationally. With a fondness for challenges, Sue is teaching herself to play the theremin. The unofficial version: Sue is known for being rather quirky. She turns somersaults to switch negatives into positives and no more so than after experiencing seniors' bullying a couple of years ago. Writing an essay on this topic was the probably the most difficult thing to do - but also the most fulfilling. She and her (very patient) husband found a dusty old Victorian house for sale 20 years ago. It took a year to make it habitable and Sue learned more than she knew about plumbing, plastering and wiring (and how to swear in Nova Scotia dialect.) This old house is in a rural coastal community of 72 souls, 63 dogs, and 49 cats (she exaggerates) - a huge change from the high powered career girl in the city of the 1980s. Yes, Sue was a Senior IT Strategy Consultant (note caps!)with a monster corporation before seeing the light 26 years ago over a long Frozen February Weekend (note caps again!) in Nova Scotia. Born in England during the war (well WWII of course) Sue has spent very little time in England, living in Cyprus, Bermuda, Turkey, Mauritius and probably a few other fine idyllic islands long forgotten. Married twice with two middle aged children, Sue loves her dogs, her friends and her family with a passion, is allergic to housework, loves to bake (and is currently experimenting with a triple layer ginger/chocolate/lemon cake), is learning to play the piano again, works with silver and bronze clay, writes 1000 words a day of mostly drivel (this is a good example - and most will get deleted tomorrow) and is also over fond of exclamation marks. Sue is addicted, seriously addicted, to knitting. Tip of iceberg. Carpe Diem

Shout Box
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Oct 28th 2017

I think we are connected on Skype now. I saw a call from you.

No idea how you managed to get through all the Bruce Dodsons, or what I should do next.

It's been over a year since I have used skype.

Apr 21st 2017

Thank you, Sue!


Apr 19th 2017

Hi Sue,

Thanks for your welcome. Enjoyed your profile a lot. There's a few things in there that'd I'd like to pick up on... specifically the allergy to housework, more baking, and deeper involvement in music. 

Dec 20th 2016

A great picture, Sue! Well done on your debut and I hope you had fun too. It looks like a lovely group.

Beautiful poinsettias too! Merry Christmas x

Dec 20th 2016

The performers of Sunday night's recital where I made my piano debut.  Our patient teacher is far right by my left elbow. I feel so blessed being able to take piano lessons with Sarah. My partners in crime are the other two ladies to my right. The rest are all brilliant youngsters!


Oct 14th 2016

Thank you,Sue & Angela.

A little easier now !

Oct 13th 2016

Oh, now I see what you mean about activity button, Sue. Thanks got it!

Oct 13th 2016

I don't think there is a way to look at your followers' comments for a specific course. The activity button takes you to their profile then you have to click again so it's a bit long-winded. If there's a quicker way, I'd love to hear!

Oct 13th 2016

Crilly - to the activity tab and choose 'Following' as opposed to 'Everyone'

Oct 13th 2016

Sue, I agree with you & Angela the Future Learn course is great.

Finding your way around takes a while though with the vast number of participants!

( Maybe I haven't worked it out there any way to isolate those we choose to follow?)